The other day I came across this article from the Chicago Tribune: Higher Feed Costs to Drive Up Meat Prices is 2013. The first three paragraphs do a good job summarizing the entire article:
A surge in the cost of feed grain after the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has stripped many livestock farmers of profit and set off a chain of events that threatens to drive up world meat prices in 2013.
The global economic downturn has made it difficult for farmers to pass on rising costs to cash-strapped consumers, and they have sought to scale back production plans in the face of mounting losses.
In the pork industry, this has meant slaughtering breeding sows, which in the short-term can actually increase meat supplies, with the eventual decline in production not felt until 2013.
That’s right, for a little bit here, there will likely be a surge of meat to the market making prices decline slightly so if you have a freezer or are skilled at canning meat, this would be a great time to stock up!
Another option is to see if Zaycon Foods serves your area. Zaycon foods is, “…a privately owned company based in the state of Washington. The company was founded in 2009 to bring fresh meats and other products direct to consumers at wholesale prices.” You can see a list of their events here, detailing the types and quantities of meat they provide. Then sign up for free and make your purchase! The meat is on sale until it sells out and there is a very small window to pick up your order. For example, if you are in Kern County, right now you can purchase 40 lbs of 93/7 Ground Beef for $131.60, which works out to $3.29/lb.
If you purchase for this event, you must pick up your order on December 12 between 5:30 and 6:00 pm! A half hour window! But it would be a great way to stock up if you can do it. I’m going to take this opportunity to get to know my FoodSaver, which has been sitting in its box since I bought it on sale last Christmas! I’m also thinking I might portion out several 3/4 lb servings since that would stretch it even farther and I’m not sure we’ll notice the difference in the recipes I typically use (Spaghetti, chili, etc.).
I would love to know if you take advantage of this offer and/or if you see any great deals around town! Thanks for reading!